On January 15th, the Ripplers began participating in the 60 Minute Kids Club, which is helping us learn about healthy choices that impact our lie and our learning. We have been tracking their daily habits around eating fruits and vegetables, physical activity, sleep, hydration, and screen time. 5-2-1-0 is our goal - 5 serving of fruits or vegetables, no more than 2 hours of time playing/watching screens during free time, at least 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary or sweetened drinks.
Tracking an “honest” day’s progress with these guidelines can be rather tough and sometimes we don’t like the results we begin to see, but it’s important to chart our habits realistically. This way we can form a “bigger picture” of our current lifestyle, and then from here, we can reflect on our data to see where our strengths and areas of need are. We will be looking to see where improvements can start to be made. The challenge lasts for 60 days, so we are just taking it one day at a time.
To begin thinking about healthy meal plans and food choices, the Ripplers have also been playing Titanium Chef. This online game created by Dieticians of Canada is helping us learn more about nutrition. We have investigated how the Nutrition Fact table on packaged food can inform us about serving size and the nutrients it does/does not include, as well as the average number of food group servings we consume over the course of a week. We’re finding out all sorts of things about ourselves, and I always find it fascinating to hear the conversations that have started about Health Living now that it’s been put in the spotlight. In the near future, each student will be contributing a healthy meal to their dinner table at home to help show what they have been learning.
So now that we are 3 weeks into this unit, Ripplers, what are your thoughts about the 60 Minute Kids Club and what you’ve been learning about nutrition? What have you noticed most about your food choices? What have you discovered about other factors, like sleep and screen time, that can have an affect on your learning? Has anything surprised you? How are you going to use this information to continue working on making healthy choices? I can’t wait to hear your ideas!